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April 8, 2007
It Figures #28

Like Watching Paint Dry
Lives in the middle of a
Hot and dry day,
A perfect day
For watching paint dry.

Outside, around the back
Of a concrete block house,
He sits on a workbench
A shorty,
Rocked back by oil-soaked work shoes,
Watching white paint
Circle from a damp blue
To a hard oxide white.

He’s wearing white coveralls
A white painter’s cap
And smear of white paint
Across his right cheek.

Behind him
Bright green grass
Grows wild across the yard
While thousands
Of yellow dandelions
Stand up, raise their fists,
And shout “Encore! Encore!”